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GUEST,Observer Chanteys in Royal Navy? (96* d) RE: Chanteys in Royal Navy? 03 Aug 19


GROAN, read the link related to the latest from Phil. and see how it compares to the title of this thread.

HMS Challenger - a steam Frigate - so she had steam driven capstans [No Capstan shanties required], Steam bilge pumps {No pumping shanties required[ - In short nothing more required by any "musician" on board than to "entertain" the crew.

No shanties required in the Royal Navy because of the following factors:

1. Useless to work the ship while in action stations, so why encourage the practice at all.
2. Crews of Royal Navy ships vastly outnumbered crews of merchant vessels [Composite Clipper had a crew of 34 men, a Royal Navy 74 carried a crew of 550 men], so more than enough hands available to satisfactorily complete any seaman-like evolution and fight the ship without the need for musical accompaniment.


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